Cooks at Bolivian schools, who are the mothers of the students, take turns in preparing the food. They now cook more comfortably, because fuel efficient stoves use less wood and do not emit smoke. WFP/Ximena Loza.

Fuel Efficient Stove 'LOLA' Makes School Kitchens Smoke-Free in Bolivia

Cooking on stove tops with heavy exposure to smoke has always made preparing school meals uncomfortable and unhealthy for mothers in Chuquisaca schools. The smoke irritated their eyes and throats, and not only consumed a lot of firewood but also time. With the financial support of TRUVIA, the Association of Municipalities Supporting School Feeding in Chuquisaca (MAECH) and WFP, schools built ecological stoves nicknamed LOLA. “We are free of the smoke”, said one mother.


Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America: of its 9.5 million population, two thirds overall – 80 percent in rural areas – live below the poverty line.

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